Module Identifier AH20220  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Ms Moira M Vincentelli  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Mrs Belinda J Marking, Mrs Kathleen T Talbot  
Course delivery Lecture   10 Hours  
  Other   Workshops 10 x 1.5 hrs  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment 2500 word essay  50%
Semester Assessment Seen exam questions (an essay) one week in advance25%
Semester Assessment 1 CAL test25%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. identify the principle art tendencies in European painting 1840-1900 and will be able to discuss key images in relation to these.

2. be able to read critically some of the theoretical and art historical literature on nineteenth century European painting and be able to recognise the problems of categorisations of artists and movements.

3. develop expertise in note-taking, library research, essay writing, and the presentation of ideas in class discussion.

Brief description

The course will introduce students to some of the main issues and debates around the visual arts in Britain, Europe and America 1840-1900. It will deal primarily with French and British art but will also include material relating to Germany, Italy, Scandinavia, Belgium and America and will examine the social context of the production of art including academies, exhibitions, training and artists groups. Students will be encouraged to look critically at the categorisations used in relation to nineteenth century art such as Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Symbolism and at the concept of modernity and the rise of notions of the avant-garde. Key theoretical texts will be introduced for class discussion. Students will have set reading for the seminars and a key image to be prepared for each lecture.

Reading Lists

Eisenman, Stephen (1994) Nineteenth Century Art - A Critical History London: T&H
Frascina, Blake,Fer,Garb, Harrison (1993) Modernity and Modernism - French Painting in the Nineteenth Century Yale: Open University
Smith, Paul (1993) Impressionism, Beneath the Surface London: Everyman
Denvir,B (1992) Post-Impressionism London Thames and Hudson Dolphin
Treuherz, J (1993) Victorian Painting London Thames and Hudson Dolphin
M. Pointon, Marcia (1990) Naked Authority - the Nude in Western Painting Cambridge,
Frascina,F. and Harris,J (1992) Art in Modern Culture, an Anthology of Critical Texts Open University, Phaidon,
Pollock, Griselda (1988) Vision and Difference, Femininity, Feminism and the Histories of Art New York, Routledge
Said, Edward (1978) Orientalism. London, Routledge and Kegan Paul
MacKenzie, John (1995) Orientalism, History, Theory and the Arts Manchester, MUP
(1996) Caillebotte, the Unknown Impressionist Royal Academy catalogue
Varnedoe, K., (1987) Caillebotte, New Haven
Weisberg, Gabriel Realism
Sarah Simmons (1979) Daumier, Oresko London
Laughton, Bruce (1991) The Drawings of Millet and Daumier New Haven, Yale
Greenhalgh, Paul (2001) Art Nouveau 1890-1914 Victoria & Albert Museum
Jacobs, Michael, (1985) The Good and Simple Life: Artist Colonies in Europe and America Oxford: Phaidon
Garb, Tamar (1998) Bodies of Modernity, Figure and Flesh in fin de siecle France Thames and Hudson, London
Lubern, Nina (2001) Rural Artists' colonies in Europe 1870-1910 Manchester,MUP


This module is at CQFW Level 5